Alumni Pix & Quotes

Check out what our alumni have to say about the trip...

The experience I had with Israel Free Spirit was empowering beyond words and really connected me with both Judaism and Israel. Friends turned into family on this trip and I am so thankful to have been chosen to travel to Israel and discover its beauty! ~Talia Berk

I went on Birthright expecting just a free trip to Israel. What I got was the experience of a lifetime. I met lifelong friends. I saw sights I could have only dreamed of. I cultivated  my Jewish heritage beyond what I thought was possible. I laughed, learned, cried, sang, jumped for joy, and stood speechless in amazement. I will never forget my time in Israel. Thank you Israel Free Spirit. ~Greg Marinelli

This has been a completely life-changing experience. I've met a lot of amazing people and I'm ready for more Israel! ~Maurissa Weiner

I loved getting to know all eight of the Israeli soldiers on a personal level and to see that they are just like us! Going to the Western Wall was my favorite part of the trip; it was truly an amazing feeling to go there on Shabbat. Thank you Israel Free Spirit for the amazing hospitality and welcoming to our Homeland. ~Jeff Rebackoff

Where I was growing up, there weren't other Jews to be in a community with...but now I feel like I have a Jewish family with the 48 new friends from my Birthright trip and I thank you for that. ~Hannah Ostroff

Thank you to each and everyone of you who helped put together my Birthright trip! I had the most uplifting experience in my life! I completely fell in love wiith the land and saw how much effort went into this trip. I appreciate it tremendeously! ~Nechama Galperin

Before the trip, Israel was just another country to me. I didn't feel like it was really my home. After experiencing the beautiful landscapes and sites, I can honestly say that Israel is now my home land.  ~Ralph Setton

Experiencing the land, meeting new people, feeling the connection...the most amazing time of my life! Thank you IFS for this amazing opportunity to fall in love with Israel. ~Yehudis Moskovits 

It helped me reaffirm why I want to move to Israel one day, since it's my one true home. It also gave me some of my closest friends. We'll always have Israel  ~Melanie Goldberg 

You meet 48 people you can relate to in some way and by the end of the ten days you're best of friends because you've shared such an experience together. Israel is a beautiful country filled with nice people you're sure to fall in love with. ~Matthew Neil

Testimonials from Our Camera Shy Participants:

Such an amazing experience. Thank you so much for the opportunity. It was a blessing to be able to visit Israel. At this point I can't wait to return. Thank you Israel Free Spirit! ~Jessica Tavdi 

Best experience of my life! I couldn't have asked for a better way to share my life and culture with the most amazing people from the other side of the planet! ~Benny Pisinberg

Words cannot describe how I felt...I was a whole new person once I came back from Israel.  ~Milana Faylayev

So hard to explain in just one word so I got no choice...awesome, awe-inspiring, mind-blowing, beautiful, grand, unreal, impressive, fantastic, super, magnificent, majestic, moving, striking, marvelous, stunning, breathtaking, wonderful, wondrous, astonishing, astounding, best, cool, doozie, extravagant, incredible, fab, first-class, greatest, groovy, immense, inconceivable, tops, legendary, out-of-this-world, outrageous, phenomenal, remarkable, spectacular, stupendous, superb, terrific, unbelievable, wicked, and amazing.  ~Marc Stein

It was s-a-b-a-b-a! So sababa (cool) that everybody is trying to think of a way to come here again! ~Esti Luttwak

It was my first time to Israel and it couldn't get any better. Thank you Israel Free Spirit and Taglit-Birthright Israel!  ~Charles Mutterperl

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